BU Trustees OK new applied science program

Council of Trustees For immediate release: Nov. 30, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University’s Council of Trustees approved a new major, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership, during the quarterly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The program, the first of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and only the second in the commonwealth, will be submitted to the PASSHE Board of Governors for final approval, possibly as early as the January 2012 meeting.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership addresses the growing demand for technical skills combined with professional skills, according to Tim Phillips, chair of instructional technology at BU. A student who has earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from a community college will build upon that degree with courses in information technology, communications studies, accounting, business education, information and technology management and general education.

The program also will be open to those already in the workforce.

The new BU program will be a partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College and the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, both located in Schnecksville. All bachelor’s degree requirements may be completed at Lehigh Carbon Community College and students enrolled at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute can enter the program at the high school level.

Pending PASSHE Board of Governors approval, the first class will enroll in fall 2012.

Also during the meeting, the Trustees:

  • Learned BU received $3.4 million in PASSHE performance funding for 2011-12, nearly $700,000 more than last year. Performance funding is based on seven measures: degrees awarded, retention, graduate rates, institutional productivity, employee diversity, private support and faculty with the highest degree attainable in their discipline.
  • Honored the following retirees with faculty emeritus status: Richard Baker, accounting, 24 years of service; Peter Bohling, economics, 33 years; Cathy Livengood, nursing, 23 years; Alicia King Redfern, psychology, 16 years; Stephen Wiist, library, 18 years; and Sam Slike, exceptionality programs, 32 years. Honored with non-instructional emeritus status was Cindy Rider, business education and information and technology management, 28 years.
  • Approved a resolution certifying the Bloomsburg University Foundation is in compliance with PASSHE Board of Governors policy regarding university external financial support.
  • Heard about programs which increase diversity experiences for students majoring in education, both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Elizabeth Mauch, interim dean of the College of Education, said the ultimate goal is “to make sure students really understand that every child can learn.”
  • Received a construction update from Eric Ness, assistant vice president of facilities management, outlining the status of ongoing projects, including Elwell Residence Hall and Sutliff Hall, home of the College of Business.
  • Set the following dates for quarterly meetings, all Wednesdays: Feb. 29, 2012; June 7, 2012; Sept. 12, 2012; Dec. 5, 2012; March 6, 2013; and June 5, 2013.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.